The dress can be a metaphor for the person; it looks both ways, inwardly, touching the body and outwardly, facing the world, becoming the boundary of the self which is continually being questioned, disrupted and redefined. It is here that tensions, conflicts, or contradictions can manifest themselves. The dress signifies the possibility of dressing up, showing a different side of one’s self. It can represent the whole person in a way that no other form of garment can. Here the outline is shifting and hard to define.
Photography: Ed Ironside